This will be a joint union day of action around the country in defence of education in further, higher and adult education as part of the “United for Education” campaign. The seven unions have called for protests, meetings and rallies to take place in workplaces all over the country and already dozens of events have been organised. In the week when David Willetts called students a “burden on the taxpayer” and with more funding cuts widely anticipated in the emergency budget, this is an opportunity to send the Coalition government a clear message that education is too important to be slashed. Bringing together UCU with NUS, EIS, ATL, UNISON, Unite and GMB, “United for Education” aims to be a vehicle for uniting the entire further and higher education sector to call on the new government to stop the cuts. Read more about United for Education here.
**WHAT YOU CAN DO:**
1. Meeting in Westminster: As part of the day’s activities, there will be a meeting in Parliament at lunchtime on the 21st, with speakers from all the seven unions, as well as MPs, in committee Room 12 at 12pm. Contact Lisa Johnson for more information about getting along to this event at firstname.lastname@example.org or call UCU on 0206 756 2603
2. What’s happening near you?: You can see what events are taking place around the country here. If your college or university is not listed, contact your branch to find out what’s happening.
3. Sign and circulate this online petition to the government here.